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Turn back time on Derbyshire Archaeology Day

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Thursday 2 December 2010

02 December 2010

Turn back time on Derbyshire Archaeology Day

Derbyshire and Peak District residents can hear about the latest discoveries from their past at the annual Derbyshire Archaeology Day - Saturday January 15.

Speakers at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre will give updates on what local archaeologists have been investigating throughout the past year.

Ken Smith, cultural heritage manager for the Peak District National Park, said: “Some of the most intriguing secrets have been unearthed in community digs, supported largely by the Heritage Lottery Fund, where professionals help volunteers with excavations and analysis which offer new insights into their own local history.

“They include what appears to be a tragic end at an Iron Age hill-fort at Fin Cop, a promontory overlooking Monsal Dale, with human remains found among the ruins. Longstone Local History Group and volunteers ranging from schoolchildren to pensioners spent weeks up there in sometimes atrocious weather, guided by Archaeological Research Services Ltd of Bakewell.

“It was also heartening to see hundreds of local people and students in the summer helping to excavate secret gardens at the 17th century Staveley Hall, in a community project commissioned by Staveley’s Town Council and History Society, and supervised by MW McCoy Archaeological Associates.”

The day will also include talks on:

  • the architecture of the Derwent Valley Mills - a world heritage site and the cradle of the industrial revolution, near Cromford.
  • recent discoveries at Ticknall potteries
  • new evidence for prehistoric copper mining under Ecton Hill
  • “mystery” buildings - Swarkestone Hall and Weston Hall, south Derbyshire
  • western Darbye - investigations connected with the construction of a Derby ring road.

Derbyshire Archaeology Day is a yearly event to help local people keep up to date with the latest discoveries about their own heritage. It is organised by the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council archaeology teams and Chesterfield Borough Council.

The day runs from 9.15am-5.15pm on Saturday January 15, with tickets at £10 (£6 for unwaged). Booking is strongly advised (last year sold out) on 01246 345727 or at Chesterfield Museum, St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield, S41 7TD.

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Media inquiries: Barbara Crossley, communications officer, Peak District National Park Authority, 01629 816389, or barbara.crossley@peakdistrict.gov.uk  

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